Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Quick Tip Tuesday - Unavoidable Clutter

There are probably people out there who will totally disagree with me, but I think it's okay to set up small spots around your house that become catch-alls for random, unavoidable clutter. There are rules though...

1) Contain it. Use a small basket, a tray, a pretty bowl.

2) When the container gets full (or preferably, before it is full...perhaps once a week, every 2 weeks, once a month, whatever), empty it! Put the "random" items away.

Here are two examples of where I have these stations set up:

This pretty blue bowl sits atop the clothes dryer in our laundry room. It's a great place to put stuff that comes out of pockets or buttons that come off in the wash.
This red bowl resides on top of our microwave. Our kitchen counters are a big hot-spot for clutter, so I try to put anything small enough in this bowl to reduce the amount of crap stuff piling up, so we can keep our counters clear! The contents of this bowl are much more random, usually things stashed quickly to keep out of reach of little hands....currently: some blocks that need to be reunited with the rest, a pair of earrings I brought downstairs but forgot to put on before church, and some hair bows that our dog kept attacking...

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